Questions To Registered Nurse Paul Daka

What do you like the most about being a nurse?

Being a nurse puts me in a position to use my critical thinking and make a difference in people’s lives at times when they may be going through the most challenging times of their lives.

 What made you become a nurse?

Growing up in Zambia, I actually did not have any interest in working in the healthcare field. Upon moving to the USA, I developed a new perspective of the healthcare industry. While taking Pre-pharmacy classes in college, I applied into the highly competitive nurse program. Because I realized that the field of nursing was so versatile and could pose challenging and changing scenarios, which is something I embrace. I was then accepted and that was the beginning of my journey in nursing.

Is it easier in Chicago?

Chicago is like my second home as I have been here for a significant amount of time. Being a nurse in this city is definitely not easy as it comes with the whole “Big City” dynamics such as traffic, high expenses and so on. But I am used to it now and I’m proud to serve in such a wonderful city. moved here to attend college and pursue opportunities that would challenge my potential and make me an impactful person even to my home country.

What is the hardest part about being a male nurse?

I honestly haven’t encountered so many times when being a male has been a barrier. Occasionally I run into cases where family may prefer a female but I respect the different cultures and that is part of the profession.

What are your favorite moments?

I don’t have a particular favorite moment. However I do cherish moments such as family members expressing their gratefulness for care rendered. It makes me feel I am impactful.

How do you spend your free time?

In my spare time I try to learn new things through reading or shows. I am also a small scale entrepreneur that is a co-founder of Kwacha Express which is a shopping fulfilment service so I spend some time working on that. Finally, I also dedicate a good amount of time in academics as I am currently enrolled in a Masters of Healthcare Administration program.

Is there something that you miss the most from Zambia?

Zambia is always going to be my home and I grew up there until I completed High School. I have significant family members there and I miss them. I also miss certain delicacies and beverages such as Maheu!

What advice can you give other young men on being or becoming a nurse?

Nursing is a great field as it offers so many paths. Hard work is something that cannot be mentioned enough and it is important to have a solid career plan and stick to it. Seek out a mentor and above all seek God’s will in whatever you do.


As a nurse we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients. They may forget your name but they will never forget how you made them feel

Maya Angelou


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